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New boutique owners with celeb-friendly clothes get a head start on grand opening with stylish trunk show

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12 Lauren Baughman, fom left, Kelly Stinnett and Maryam Afshari at the Baanou trunk show December 2013
Lauren Baughman, fom left, Kelly Stinnett and Maryam Afshari at the Baanou trunk show. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
67 Lindley Arnoldy, left, and Divya Paralker Brown at the Baanou trunk show December 2013
Lindley Arnoldy, left, and Divya Paralker Brown at the Baanou trunk show. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
64 Neal Hamil Model Yuan Yuan Zhang at the Baanou trunk show December 2013
Neal Hamil Model Yuan Yuan Zhang at the Baanou trunk show. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
19 Valerie Dieterich, from left, Kate Stouffer and Hasti Taghi at the Baanou trunk show December 2013
Valerie Dieterich, from left, Kate Stouffer and Hasti Taghi at the Baanou trunk show. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
1 Fashion on display at the Baanou trunk show December 2013
Fashion on display at the Baanou trunk show. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
38 Neal Hamil Model Yuan Yuan Zhang and Jared Lang at the Baanou trunk show December 2013
Neal Hamil model Yuan Yuan Zhang and Jared Lang at the Baanou trunk show. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
4 Fashion on display at the Baanou trunk show December 2013
Fashion on display at the Baanou trunk show. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
14 Kathryn Fay, from left, Kelly Stinnett and Ian Fay at the Baanou trunk show December 2013
Kathryn Fay, from left, Kelly Stinnett and Ian Fay at the Baanou trunk show. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
60 Angel Woolsey and Neal Hamil Model at the Baanou trunk show December 2013
Angel Woolsey and a Neal Hamil model at the Baanou trunk show. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
58 Lindley Arnoldy, left, and Jordan Newman at the Baanou trunk show December 2013
Lindley Arnoldy, left, and Jordan Newman at the Baanou trunk show. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
12 Lauren Baughman, fom left, Kelly Stinnett and Maryam Afshari at the Baanou trunk show December 2013
67 Lindley Arnoldy, left, and Divya Paralker Brown at the Baanou trunk show December 2013
64 Neal Hamil Model Yuan Yuan Zhang at the Baanou trunk show December 2013
19 Valerie Dieterich, from left, Kate Stouffer and Hasti Taghi at the Baanou trunk show December 2013
1 Fashion on display at the Baanou trunk show December 2013
38 Neal Hamil Model Yuan Yuan Zhang and Jared Lang at the Baanou trunk show December 2013
4 Fashion on display at the Baanou trunk show December 2013
14 Kathryn Fay, from left, Kelly Stinnett and Ian Fay at the Baanou trunk show December 2013
60 Angel Woolsey and Neal Hamil Model at the Baanou trunk show December 2013
58 Lindley Arnoldy, left, and Jordan Newman at the Baanou trunk show December 2013

Maryam Afshari and Lindley Arnoldy have big plans for their boutique, Baanou, which will open next spring near Highland Village. But the duo didn't want to wait to introduce fashion-forward Houstonians to the kind of clothing they plan to carry. So they hosted a cocktail party featuring the luxe women's wear line Honor at the River Oaks home of Valerie and Tracy Dieterich.

Guests sipped cocktails and perused the resort and spring 2014 collections from designer Giovanna Randall. The line of hip, contemporary clothing featuring feminine silhouettes, intricate detailing and exquisite fabric has drawn a following from such celebrities as Kirsten Dunst, Oprah Winfrey and Taylor Swift

"We want to feature emerging designers you can't find anywhere else," Afshari said. "It really suits our brand."

The duo envisions Baanou, which is the world for "lady" in the Farsi language, as a lifestyle boutique carrying a mix of emerging and established designers, along with a private label apparel line, home decor items and gifts. Afshari says they plan to carry "anything that moves us and that we find amazing. We want to fall in love with every single piece."

Model Yuan Yuan Zhang from the Neal Hamil Agency showcased some of the looks. Proceeds from the evening's sales went to the Hermann Park Conservancy.

On hand to learn more about the new store and look over the merchandise were co-host Kelly Stinnett, Lauren Baughman, Divya Brown, Kate Stouffer, Hasti Taghi, Jared Lang, Katherine and Ian Fay, Amir Taghi and Jordan Newman.

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